Black-and-White Parasite Screening in Select US Theaters

Parasite ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (color version)

I’m a huge fan of black and white (B&W) films. Bong Joon Ho apparently is, too, and has released a version of Parasite in B&W.

“I’m extremely happy to present ‘Parasite’ in black and white and have it play on the big screen,” Bong said in a statement. “It will be fascinating to see how the viewing experience changes when an identical film is presented in black and white. I watched the black-and-white version twice now, and at times the film felt more like a fable and gave me the strange sense that I was watching a story from old times. The second time I watched it, the film felt more realistic and sharp as if I was being cut by a blade. It also further highlighted the actors’ performances and seemed to revolve more around the characters.

Bong Joon Ho’s Black-and-White ‘Parasite’ Gets U.S. Release Date | IndieWire

Desaturation makes shadows, light and corners come to life in all new ways. The Twilight Zone despite numerous reboots and a movie has never been the same in color, so much that I was delighted to see that Jordan Peele re-released the new Twilight Zone episodes on CBS All Access in black and white — and, yes, it improved the stories.

Letterboxd is getting on board with the promotion today by offering a black and white version of their website:

It’s jarring seeing a color website in full black and white

Not every story, TV show or movie should be in black and white. Can you imagine if Schindler’s List was in color? Conversely, I wouldn’t like Jaws or Star Wars as much in black and white. Perry Mason is another TV show that needs to be in black and white. They did the TV movies of Perry Mason in color and they failed from a cinematography feel.

Would you like to see Parasite in black and white?

Am a little on the fence about seeing Parasite again, but definitely curious if I’d like it better than the color version. It is very possible, because there were some cool scenes in that movie that used some shadows and lighting that would show up better, I think. Might wait for streaming rather than try and track down a big screen version, but maybe I’ll go. Definitely like that it is being re-released in B&W.

What about you? Do you think a black and white version can improve your overall opinion of a movie that is originally shot in color?

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